Proverbs 13 12-13-18

What comes out of our mouths both influences how we feel and reveals what we are thinking. Subdue that tongue!

Proverbs 13:2 From the fruit of his lips a man [person] enjoys good things, but the unfaithful have a craving for violence.

What good things come from our mouths? Praise, thanksgiving, blessings, encouragement, forgiveness, humor, singing, instruction, correction, training, etc.

What harmful things can come out of our mouths? Cursing, foul language, gossip (talking about things that are none of our business), slander (spreading false information), lies, spiteful statements, whining, faithless comments, rude comments, bitter talk, destructive criticism (which is a redundant statement, for there is no tearing down in order to build back up), fightin’ (divisive) words, etc.

As we can see, it’s a lot easier to talk negatively than positively. What does God instruct us to do?

Ephesians 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

What did King David do?

Psalms 19:14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Psalms 40:3 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.

Psalms 71:8 My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long.

Psalms 71:15 My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure.

Praise is our best weapon against using our tongues for evil. If we fill our mouths with praise, then our hearts will fill with love for Him. Likewise, if we love Him with all our heart, then our mouths will fill with praise.

May these verses be said of us:

Psalms 17:3 Though you probe my heart and examine me at night, though you test me, you will find nothing; I have resolved that my mouth will not sin.

Psalms 141:3 Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.

Let this verse be our mantra today:

Psalms 34:1 I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.

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